ALL of my chickens always seem hungry and go crazy for food

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by summerfalling32, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. summerfalling32

    summerfalling32 New Egg

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    When we first got all our chickens they were quite calm but now every single time I go to the backyard they bolt to me and won't leave me alone thinking I've got food. If i do give them food they go crazy for it and gobble it up so quickly, They have food in the coop and under the tree which is always full with pellets and a bird mix. They have access to two waterers also. Is this normal? some other people with chickens have said that they are hungry and and are just using the pellets and bird mix as a minimum to survive. I have noticed the eggs have started to change by having lots of brown spots and some have the calcified chunks too and not to mention many slightly misshaped eggs. I read all these are a sign of poor nutrition. Anyone else got tho problem or know anything about it?
     
  2. aggiemae

    aggiemae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it's normal. Some of the problems you mentions indicate that they need to eat less feed and more layer feed mixed with huller raw sunflower seeds . I keep some by the door to throw out to mine as "treats" during the day, they go for the sunflower seeds first but eat the feeda as well. They do want the yummier treats but they readily eat the layer I scatter if there isn't anything else.
     
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  3. mrballance

    mrballance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, What are you feeding them and do they free range ? If you are feeding them feed from the store, is it set out so they can eat all the time. Are you feeding them treats when you come out ? That maybe why they are coming to you. Some eggs have spots on them that is normal. Calcified chunks not sure what your taking about.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If your chickens are getting a good quality balnced layer or flock raiser feed with at least 16% protein and give some extra oyster shell for callcium free fed, you are doing fine. Occasionally chickens will have internal problems or suffer from a disease like infectious bronchitis that can affect egg shell quality. Here is a good article from a BYC moderator: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems
     
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  5. summerfalling32

    summerfalling32 New Egg

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    We feed them pellets and also we mix in a grain mix of lots of seeds, corn and oyster shell. Yep they free range in our huge backyard full of grass, weeds and bushes. I don't usually feed them every time i go out but recently I feel bad for them so i take something with me each time (cooked brown rice, fruit and veg, porridge) they have calcium deposits on the eggs. I found this great egg chart and all the signs on my eggs lead to poor nutrition according to the chart. I throw about a handful of sunflower seeds out nearly everyday too but not a lll the chickens like them. below is link to egg quality poster

    http://www.alltech.com/sites/default/files/alltech-egg-shell-quality-poster.pdf
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    My chickens all come running when I come up to their lot because they know occasionally I bring treats. Just make sure that your extras don't make up more than 10% of their total diet--the layer feed is enough.
     
  7. summerfalling32

    summerfalling32 New Egg

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    Thanks eggsessive, Maybe I need to cut down on the treats [​IMG] whoops
     
  8. TIENEGERRARD

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    hey your not the only one that ha the difficulty of the hungry chickens i don't Evan open the door but they come running towards me thinking that i have food for them we constantly feed them and leave 2 bowls of chicken feed out in the garden but every time i do go out they follow me like i'm peter the piper it can get annoying the other day my friend was sitting at the back door eating a biscuit and she jamp up and snatched it out of her hand a gobbled it all up. i am confused between when they are hungry and aren't hungry i guess there hungry all the time and just want to eat the go crazy when i open the bags of mash i get from the brewery DRUNK CHICKENS i suppose just joking but i am very confused with the hunger of these chickens.
     

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